MLB Players and Owners Reach Deal to End Lockout; Opening Day Set for April — TVLine

Baseball is back: Major League Baseball‘s owners and players have reportedly reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, ending the 99-day lockout that has delayed the 2022 season. The report comes from ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan, who adds that the deal still has to be ratified by both parties, but that is…

MLB Players and Owners Reach Deal to End Lockout; Opening Day Set for April — TVLine

NBA Power Rankings: Suns hang on to top spot but Celtics, 76ers gaining — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Phoenix Suns are keeping their heads above water despite Chris Paul and Devin Booker being out, and that keeps them atop these NBA power rankings. 29 more words

NBA Power Rankings: Suns hang on to top spot but Celtics, 76ers gaining — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

PBT Podcast: Ranking NBA’s best-of-the-rest teams — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Five teams have emerged as consensus favorites to win the 2022 NBA title: Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Nets and Brooklyn Nets.

PBT Podcast: Ranking NBA’s best-of-the-rest teams — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Report: Mets hiring hitting coach Eric Chavez away from Yankees — MLB | NBC Sports

The Mets are set to hire Eric Chavez as hitting coach as the team begins to put together a staff under new manager Buck Showalter.

Report: Mets hiring hitting coach Eric Chavez away from Yankees — MLB | NBC Sports

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 18 — ProFootballTalk

Related: AFC playoff picture | NFC playoff picture The NFL released the following playoff clinching scenarios for Week 18 of the 2021 season: AFC CLINCHED (5 of 7): Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North division title Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title Buffalo Bills – playoff berth…

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 18 — ProFootballTalk

NFL Week 18 Predictions

Saturday, January 8:

Kansas City at Denver:

The Chiefs secure the AFC’s #2 seed.

Kansas City 27 Denver 17

Dallas at Philadelphia

The Eagles need this one more than the Cowboys.

Philadelphia 26 Dallas 23

Sunday, January 9:

Washington at NY Giants

Two teams that are playing out the string.  The Giants are a mess.

Washington 20 NY Giants 19

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Nothing to play for except for playoff seeding for the Bengals.

Cincinnati 33 Cleveland 27

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

Two teams that need to win and get a lot of help.

Pittsburgh 22 Baltimore 17

Green Bay at Detroit

Aaron Rodgers says he’s playing.  The Packers have already locked up the NFC’s #1 seed.

Green Bay 31 Detroit 17

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

The Colts bolster their playoff seeding in this one.

Indianapolis 30 Jacksonville 9

Chicago at Minnesota

Two teams playing out the string, part two.

Minnesota 17 Chicago 7

Tennessee at Houston

The Titans have revenge and a #1 seed on their mind.

Tennessee 29 Houston 14

New Orleans at Atlanta

Two teams with a mathematical chance at the playoff, but an unappealing game just the same.

Atlanta 21 New Orleans 17

Seattle at Arizona

The Cardinals got the monkey off their back in Dallas this past week.

Arizona 23 Seattle 16

NY Jets at Buffalo

The Bills wrap up the AFC East for the second consecutive season.

Buffalo 37 NY Jets 13

Carolina at Tampa Bay

Bruce Arians says the starters are playing this week.  We’ll see how long. 

Tampa Bay 28 Carolina 15

New England at Miami

The Patriots could use this one for playoff seeding, but always struggle with the Dolphins.

Miami 24 New England 21

San Francisco at LA Rams

It’s the #2 seed for the Rams, while the Niners back into the postseason.

LA Rams 27 San Francisco 17

LA Chargers at Las Vegas

The Chargers grab the final AFC playoff spot.

LA Chargers 27 Las Vegas 24

Nine teams that haven’t clinched playoff berths yet can clinch by winning out — ProFootballTalk

With two weeks left in the season, nine teams that haven’t already clinched playoff berths control their playoff destiny. Those teams are the Bills, Colts, Titans, Patriots, Bengals, Dolphins, Raiders, 49ers and Eagles. Those nine teams haven’t clinched yet, but know they are in the playoffs if they win their last two games. All nine…

Nine teams that haven’t clinched playoff berths yet can clinch by winning out — ProFootballTalk

NFL Week 17 Predictions

Sunday, January 2, 2022:

NY Giants at Chicago

Not much to say about this one.

Chicago 17 NY Giants 14

Jacksonville at New England

Suddenly, the Patriots must worry about their playoff chances.  The Jags will help.

New England 27 Jacksonville 11

LA Rams at Baltimore

The Rams have become hot again.  The Ravens?  Not.

LA Rams 34 Baltimore 24

Tampa Bay at NY Jets

The Buc’s final three games:  Carolina, Jets, Carolina.

Tampa Bay 35 NY Jets 13

Atlanta at Buffalo

The Bills must win out over Atlanta and the NY Jets to win the AFC East for the second consecutive season.  I like their chances.

Buffalo 31 Atlanta 20

Kansas City at Cincinnati

I really like what the Bengals have accomplished thus far this season.  But not this week.

Kansas City 33 Cincinnati 24

Miami at Tennessee

The Dolphins have won seven in a row, and suddenly own their playoff destiny.  The Titans have figured it out, though.

Tennessee 21 Miami 17

Las Vegas at Indianapolis

Or will the Colts overtake Tennessee in the AFC South?

Indianapolis 29 Las Vegas 18

Philadelphia at Washington

The Eagles still have something to play for and the Football Team has proven they are mailing it in.

Philadelphia 27 Washington 16

Denver at LA Chargers

The Chargers inexplicably lost to Houston in week 16.  They get back on track here.

LA Chargers 23 Denver 13

Houston at San Francisco

Speaking of the Texans, they have an opportunity to play spoiler again.  Not this time.

San Francisco 23 Houston 10

Detroit at Seattle

Yikes!

Seattle 19 Detroit 16

Arizona at Dallas

The Cowboys looked like world beaters in week 16, while the Cards are in a free fall.

Dallas 34 Arizona 23

Carolina at New Orleans

The Saints could use the Panthers right about now.

New Orleans 18 Carolina 7

Minnesota at Green Bay

Say goodbye to the Vikings.

Green Bay 31 Minnesota 24

Monday, January 3, 2021:

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

The Browns showed some fight against the Packers in week 16, but the Steelers?  Not so much against Kansas City.  This is the AFC North, however.  Trends go from week to week.

Pittsburgh 23 Cleveland 17

(BEIJING) Winter Olympics Report: The National Hockey League (NHL) has confirmed it will not send its players to the men’s ice hockey tournament #AceNewsDesk report — Ace News Services

#AceNewsReport – Dec.24: The NHL season has been disrupted since mid-December by a raft of postponements #AceSportsDesk says according to a BBC Sports News Report: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said “Olympic participation is no longer feasible” with 50 league games postponed up to 23 December. It follows disruption to the regular NHL season because of […]

(BEIJING) Winter Olympics Report: The National Hockey League (NHL) has confirmed it will not send its players to the men’s ice hockey tournament #AceNewsDesk report — Ace News Services
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